The IUPUI Department of Sociology offers a Master of Arts degree. The M.A. degree is designed to prepare its students for conducting applied, policy-oriented, and basic research; to provide thorough training in the discipline's basics for those who wish to pursue a doctoral degree elsewhere; and to equip those already in the workforce with the critical skills necessary for assessing and applying sociological knowledge in their everyday responsibilities.

Currently, the program features a general sociology degree track as well as the option to focus course work in one formal area of concentration, medical sociology. The Medical Sociology concentration is designed for students seeking applied research and policy careers in public and private health, mental health, and social service organizations and agencies, as well as those who plan to apply to Ph.D. programs with a medical sociology concentration.  Courses examine the phenomena of health, illness, disability, mental health issues; the social organization of health care delivery; and differential access to medical resources. 

Students take a total of 36 graduate credit hours and the program of study culminates in either an internship or thesis experience. The faculty in Sociology is engaged in a wide variety of scholarly activities including research, journal editing, and community service-related projects. Students will have opportunities to participate in these activities with faculty members and through Department- sponsored internships. The program is designed to accommodate the needs of both full and part-time students.

Sociologists with a Master's degree have enhanced opportunities to gain employment in a wide variety of settings. Research-related positions can be found in hospitals, medical centers, state and local government planning units, and social service agencies. Administrator or staff positions in community health agencies, youth programs, nursing homes, social service centers and community mental health centers, and other agencies are also available. Another avenue for careers is teaching social science subjects at junior high and senior high school, as well as in junior colleges and technical schools. Finally, opportunities exist for researchers and administrators in national research firms and in private "think tanks", including openings for management analysts, market researchers and human resource professionals.

For more information about our MA program, visit our Frequently Asked Questions Page.

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Direct all questions about the MA program to:

Dr. Carrie Foote
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Sociology, IUPUI
425 University Blvd., CA 303
Indianapolis, IN  46202
(317) 278-8454

CLICK HERE for frequently asked questions about admissions to our MA Program.

Applications are accepted for Fall Semester only. Applicants who wish to begin coursework prior to their admission to the Graduate School may do so through the Graduate Non-Degree Program. Note: Taking Non-Degree credits does not ensure future admittance into the program.

  • February 1- priority consideration for fall semester and financial support
  • April 15- final deadline for fall admission

Admission Requirements
Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited U.S. institution, or a certifiable foreign equivalent with a total minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0).  Applicants should have completed five undergraduate sociology courses (or approved equivalents, with no more than two of the latter) with a GPA of at least 3.0.  Foreign applicants are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  Note: The GRE general test is not required, but is strongly recommended for admission to the program. In addition, some funding opportunities may require strong scores on the GRE general test.

For your convenience, the on-line application to the Graduate Program can be started, put on hold, and completed on a different day.

CLICK HERE to apply to the Sociology MA Program

Checklist for a complete application must include the following:

  • Completed on-line application
  • Three letters of recommendation (These documents should be from individuals familiar with your academic abilities and potential).
  • Official transcript(s) of all previous college and university work, documenting each course taken, grades received, and all degrees awarded (have these mailed to the address below).
  • Personal Statement:  a 500-750 word essay on "Why I want to enter a Master's Degree in Sociology."
  • Writing sample: a sole-authored writing sample (a recent term paper or report analyzing a social science topic).
  • International Students must also submit evidence of English language proficiency.

Use the following address to submit official transcripts: 
Office Coordinator, Department of Sociology
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
425 University Blvd. CA 301
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5140
Ph: 317.274.8981

Admission FAQs
Program FAQs

Admissions FAQs

What are the application admission deadlines?

Applications are accepted for fall semester only. The following deadlines must be observed in order to be considered for fall admission.

February 1: Priority admission consideration for fall semester and to be considered for the University Fellowship and Departmental financial support.

April 15: Final deadline for fall admission.

Can I apply to start the program in spring semester?
No. Applicants are accepted for fall semester only. However, you may apply to the Graduate Non-degree program and, if accepted, start taking courses in the spring semester. If you are later admitted to the Sociology MA Degree program, we will consider counting up to 12 credits taken in the Non-Degree program (Grade B or better) towards meeting the requirement of the MA degree. Acceptance in the Non-Degree program does not guarantee admission into the graduate program. For more information visit the non-degree program.
Do you accept both online and paper applications?
No, we only accept electronic applications. ALL applications must be submitted online.

I'm an International Student. How do I apply?
If you are applying as an international student, you will need to apply through the Office of International Affairs (OIA) and they will finalize your admission and assist you with obtaining a visa, if necessary. OIA will conduct a final review of your application to determine that all institutional and USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service) requirements have been met. Visit their web site at to be sure that you have satisfied all admissions requirements for international students. If you have any visa-related questions, direct your questions to the OIA office. If you are accepted into our program, you will receive an acceptance letter from our department, but your admission will not be final until it is followed by an acceptance letter from OIA.

I am a US Citizen or Resident. How do I apply?
To apply, just go to the following website to start the application process: online application

My bachelor's degree is not in sociology. Can I still apply?
Yes you can still apply. You don't have to be sociology major to apply for our graduate program. However, applicants should have completed 5 undergraduate sociology courses, or approved equivalents (for 2 of these 5 courses), with a GPA of 3.0 or above. Successful applicants have come from a wide range of academic backgrounds. Some students enter the program directly from undergraduate institutions, while others enter with a master's degree or several years of work experience. Regardless of undergraduate academic background, an applicant's statement of purpose describing current goals, career plans, and reasons for selecting Sociology as a field of study is taken very seriously by our review committee.

How many students do you accept; how competitive is your program?
We have around 20 applicants every year for a cohort of 8-10 students. We receive several fine applications and have a limit on the size of each incoming cohort. As a result the decision-making process is competitive.

What do I need to submit to apply?

  • A US bachelor's degree, or foreign equivalent, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • A personal statement, 500-750 words (about 2 pages) on "Why I want an MA Degree in Sociology."
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • One writing sample (sole authored)
  • Official transcripts from all University and College institutions that you have attended beyond high school
  • International students must also submit evidence of English language proficiency
  • Completed an electronic application form on the website of the Graduate Office

If I attended any IU campus before, do I still need to send official IU transcripts?
No, we can access these.

What does the admission committee like to see in my personal statement?
Your personal statement should be about your interest in sociology, and why you want to pursue a master's degree in sociology. You can describe any relevant experience (academic, work, volunteer or paid, or other life experiences) that brings you to apply to our program. We would also like to know the kinds of sociological topics and approaches that interest you and what might make our department a particularly good fit for you.

What should I submit as a writing sample?
Most applicants submit papers they wrote as course term papers, undergraduate theses, or reports they prepared for an internship. Essentially any paper that demonstrates your writing and analytical or theoretical skills is acceptable. Applicants should submit a sample that best reflects the abilities consistent with the goals and mission of the MA program. Papers normally are about 20 double spaced pages. Two shorter papers would also be acceptable.

Who should write my letters of recommendation and how should they be submitted?
Get letters from people who can speak most directly to your ability to do graduate work in Sociology. Try to have at least two letters come from sociology professors or professors who have taught you in upper level social science or other liberal arts courses. However, we also realize that some of our applicants have been out of school for such a long time that it would be difficult for them to contact their professors at school. If this is the case, we would still encourage you to contact them. If you simply cannot get hold of them, please ask for recommendation letters from those who you think know about your academic ability to succeed in graduate school.
Each recommender should submit their letter online (follow the directions in the online application for how to add your recommenders). IMPORTANT: The online application system sends email requests for recommendation letters ONLY AFTER the applicant has officially submitted his/her application. Please make certain you have completed your online application with plenty of time to allow your recommenders to get their letters in by the deadline. Any missing recommendation letters will render your application incomplete and it may not be reviewed or given full consideration.

Can I submit more than 3 letters of recommendation?
Yes, you may. But we may not be able to read more than 3 letters, so carefully choose recommenders.

Is there a cut-off point for the undergraduate GPA?
The IU Graduate School requires a minimum GPA of 3.0. However, an overall GPA below 3.0 but at least a 2.8 GPA could lead to probationary admission. We consider each applicant holistically. Other factors, such as your letters of recommendation, writing samples, your GPA in your Sociology courses, or whether you have successfully taken graduate level courses, may affect our admission decision favorably even if your GPA is below the minimum requirement. However, most students accepted to our program recently have had minimum GPAs of 3.3.

Do I need to take the GREs?
The GRE general test is required for applicants who wish to be considered for University Fellowships, but not required for admission to the program. GRE scores may be submitted if an applicant feels the scores will enhance his/her application (such as in cases with a borderline GPA).

What is the code for submission of TOEFL, IELTS and GRE score?
For TOEFL, IELTS, and GRE scores, the institution code is 1325. Please select sociology when choosing the department.

Does the Department require an interview or special visit prior to acceptance?
No, there is no interview included as part of the admissions procedure.

What kind of funding is available?
There are several funding opportunities including Financial Aid, the University Fellowship Award, Department-funded Research and Teaching Positions, and Tuition Fee Remission Scholarships. Visit our resource page for details on these sources and additional funding information.

When do I find out if I am admitted?
Students who have complete applications by Feb 1 are normally notified within three weeks. Otherwise, you may not hear until soon after the April 15 admission deadline.

I was admitted to the MA program but am unable to attend, can I defer my admission?
Yes, under certain conditions. After you have been admitted, if you would like to defer your admission, contact the Sociology Department's Director of Graduate Studies about your decision. Some financial aid awards, however, cannot be delayed until a later year, and thus you should consult the department's Director of Graduate Studies before making a decision to defer.

I applied to the MA Program but was not accepted. Can I apply again?
Yes. We welcome repeat applicants if they have made major efforts to improve their application. Some suggestions for doing this include: taking the GREs and improving your score, taking any required classes that you had not previously completed, engaging in community work related to your interests and the program, improving your writing skills and rewriting your personal statement and/or writing sample.

What is the Non-Degree Graduate Program?
The Graduate Non-Degree (GND) Program is for students who already have a bachelor's degree, or higher degree, who wish to enroll in graduate courses but not seek a graduate degree. GND students may enroll in graduate courses only, or enroll in a combination of graduate and undergraduate courses in the same semester. Graduate Non-Degree students pay graduate tuition rates. The GND program may be for students who:

  • did not complete their application by the admission deadline,
  • want to take courses in the spring semester prior to being admitted in the fall,
  • want to "test the graduate school waters first"
  • think they do not have enough sociology background for graduate work yet
  • have been out of school for a long time
  • have a low undergraduate GPA

If any of these situations apply to you, think about taking some graduate courses with us as a GND student before you apply. It's a good way for us to get to know each other and for you to supplement your application. Go to the GND Program to read more about, and apply to, the GND program.
Keep in mind that acceptance to the GND program does not guarantee admission into the graduate program. If you are later admitted to the Sociology MA Degree program, we will consider counting up to 12 credits taken in the GND program towards meeting the requirement of the MA degree. Only courses with a B or higher will be considered.

If I have additional questions not answered here, or on your website, or would just like to talk to a real person about your graduate program, whom would I contact? Contact our Director of Graduate Studies, who will be happy to answer your questions or just visit with you about our program, about IUPUI, the community of Indianapolis, or anything else you might be concerned about. The current Director is: Prof. Carrie Foote (

Program FAQs

Are you thinking about Sociology at IUPUI? We take graduate student recruitment very seriously and we assume you take applying to graduate school equally seriously. Here are a few questions you might be asking about our program.

Does your program offer a PhD in Sociology?
No, we do not offer a PhD in Sociology. We offer a MA Sociology Degree and a PhD Minor (the PhD Minor is taken as part of a non-Sociology PhD Program).

What are IUPUI sociology graduate program's strengths?
Our key strengths include the following:

  • An applied research emphasis - all students will leave our program with training in both qualitative and quantitative research design and intermediate statistical analyses.
  • The option to complete a concentration in Medical Sociology.
  • The option to complete either a Master Thesis or Internship or a Course only option as the final requirements for the degree.
  • Small seminars and individualized attention to graduate students.

What are the requirements of the MA?
Students must complete a minimum of 36 credit hours past the BA Degree. This is made up of 12 hours in required methods and theory courses, 6 hours of thesis or 3-6 hours of internship and 6-9 credits of electives.  We also have a course only option to the degree in lieu of a thesis or internship. If you choose to specialize in medical sociology, at least 12 of the remaining credits must be courses in medical sociology.

How long does it take to finish your degree?
Full-time students can complete the program in 2 years; part-time in 3 years.

What is the course load for full-time versus part-time students?
The normal course load for full-time students is three courses (9 credit hours) each semester (fall and spring). Part-time students take only one or two courses a semester (3-6 credits).

Is there a time limit for me to finish my degree?
Yes. Students must complete all requirements for the M.A. degree within five (5) years. Extension of the five-year time limit is covered in the IU Graduate School Bulletin. Transfer and non-degree graduate credits also fall within this five-year limit.

How often are each of your graduate courses offered?
Our required courses in Theory, Methods and Statistics are offered once a year. Nearly all other courses are offered every 2-3 years.

Do you offer graduate courses in the summer?
No. However, you can take thesis, internship and independent readings courses in the summer. You may also find a graduate course in a different department that is offered in the summer which may then count as an elective towards your degree.

What time of the day are courses offered?
In order to accommodate students with employment outside the University, courses are normally offered Monday-Thursday during late afternoons or evenings (either twice a week from 4:30-5:45 or once a week from 6-8:40). 

Can I take any courses outside of Sociology and count those towards my degree?
Yes, 6-9 graduate level credits. Contact the Director of Graduate Studies prior to enrolling in such courses to make sure the courses count.

Does your program allow me to transfer Graduate credits taken elsewhere?
Students who have taken graduate courses at other universities can have up to 8 credit hours transferred toward the MA in Sociology at IUPUI, subject to the approval of the Department and Graduate School. Students who have taken courses at IU in Bloomington may be allowed to transfer up to 18 credit hours toward the degree at IUPUI. There is, however, a residency requirement which applies. The last 18 of the 36 credit hours required for the degree must be taken at the Indianapolis campus.Only courses with a B or higher may be transferred from other institutions. Importantly, double counting will not be allowed. If the transfer-credit course taken outside the program duplicates a course taken in our department, the latter will not count toward the MA. Also, this means that a course needed for another degree cannot simultaneously count for the MA. But a superfluous graduate course taken as an undergraduate, that was not needed to meet requirements of the bachelor's degree, may be used for the MA. In addition, such courses need to have been taken within five years of completing your MA degree with us. Please contact the Director of Graduate Studies after you are admitted if you want to request to transfer credits.

Do any of your graduate courses have prerequisites?
All our graduate courses require that students have graduate level standing. Our required courses in Methods, Theory and Statistics require students to be enrolled in our Degree Program (or permission of the instructor). In addition, our graduate level statistics course (SOC-R559) requires students to have taken undergraduate statistics with a grade of C+ or better. If you've never taken undergraduate statistics, you will need to enroll in such a course prior to you taking graduate statistics. Our department offers 1-2 sections of undergraduate statistics (SOC-R359) every fall and spring semester (both day and evening sections).

Is there a minimum GPA requirement I must maintain to stay in the program?
Yes, to remain in good academic standing, students must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA (B average). No grade less than a C will count towards your graduate degree.

Can I do both a thesis and an internship?

What kinds of internships/thesis have your students completed?
Our students have completed internships in a wide variety of places, including G&S Research, Girls Inc, the Indiana State Department of Health, as well as research internships for different Centers on campus (e.g., Survey Research Center, the Polis Center, SPEA's Urban and Health Policy Center.) MA Students have also completed qualitative, quantitative and existing literature studies theses. MA thesis can be accessed through the IUPUI Scholar Works repository

Is there any kind of teaching training available?
There is no formal training offered through our Department. However, our department normally hires 2-4 part-time hourly graduate student teaching assistants a year. The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at IUPUI also offers seminars, workshops and conferences that specifically target graduate students. Visit the CTL for more information. The graduate school also has a Preparing Future Faculty and Professional Program which engages current IUPUI graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in a full range of career options, responsibilities, and mentoring in academic and non-academic careers through year round programming.

What is the makeup of the graduate student body?
This varies year to year. Normally our students include a mix of traditional and returning students, part-time and full-time students, gender and racial/ethnic diversity, as well as 1-2 international students.

What kinds of jobs can you get with an MA Degree in Sociology?
MA students from our program attain a wide range of jobs in schools, universities, government agencies, research companies, health departments and non-profit organizations. For a listing of the types of jobs, visit our Sociology Graduate Alumni.

Do any of your graduate students continue in PhD Programs?
Yes. Many of our students have been accepted and gone on to study in PhD Sociology programs, such as Ohio State, UC Santa Barbara, Florida State, Penn State, University of Illinois, Georgia State University, University of Cincinnati, Portland State University, and the University of Hawaii. We have also had students pursue non-sociology graduate degrees (e.g., Law School, Public Health). For a listing, visit our Sociology Graduate Alumni page.

What kind of research activities are available to your graduate students?
In addition to working as research assistants, many of our students present their research at conferences and are coauthors on faculty publications and reports. Students have also been involved in service activities and have won awards and grants for their work. Take a look at the graduate student CV on our resource page.

Do you have any type of orientation for the incoming cohort?
Yes. We normally hold a 2-hour orientation, normally about a week before classes start in the fall.

If I have additional questions not answered here, or on your website, or would just like to talk to a real person about your graduate program, who would I contact?
You are welcome to contact our Director of Graduate Studies who will be happy to answer your questions or just visit with you about our program, about IUPUI, the community of Indianapolis, or anything else you might be concerned about. Contact: Prof. Carrie Foote (

Amanda Horn
Concentration: Medical Sociology
Amanda received her B.A in Sociology as well as minors in Medical Sociology and Spanish from IUPUI.  Her academic interests are concentrated in medical sociology with a specific focus on the social impact of chronic illness.  She is currently working as a Corporate Consultant for General Electric and provides technical support for all General Electric employees. In her free time, she enjoys reading, gardening and cooking. 

Amanda Wininger
Concentration: Family, Gender and Sexuality
Amanda received her B.A. in General Studies with a Sociology minor from IUPUI in 2014. Her academic interests include family, gender and sexual identity studies. She has been in the Army National Guard for the last five years and is currently a technician dually working for the National Guard and Federal Government. She enjoys CrossFit, tattoos, spending time with friends and family, and taking care of her son and animals.

Aubrey Able

Concentration: Family/Gender
Aubrey received her bachelor's degree in Sociology from IUPUI in December of 2012. Her academic interests include family and gender studies. She has been in the Air Force Reserves for the last five years and is currently working as an Avionics Maintainer.

Barbara Reddick

Concentration: Medical
Barbara received an Associate of Science Degree in Library Technical Assistant Training in 2010 from Ivy Tech. In 2013, Barbara received a Bachelor of General Studies with a minor in Sociology at IUPUI. She is interesting in studying different marginalized groups, such as the homeless. She also enjoys working with new computer technologies and learning new things.

Deborah Cantwell

Concentration: General Studies Track                            
Deborah received Bachelor's degrees in Labor Studies and Spanish from IUPUI in 2007, and 2008, and a Bachelor's in Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Chicago. She was named one of IUPUI's top 100 students. Deborah previously worked as a career Fire Fighter and EMT for 13 years. During this time she served on the Indianapolis Metropolitan Fire Fighter's Union executive board, and on the National Fire Protection Association Committee with oversight of fire fighter medical and fitness standards. In 2004, Deborah was elected Mayor of the City of Lawrence, IN for four years. Deborah now works for the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and her interests include systemic investigations and research of employment discrimination based on gender, race, age, disability, and genetic information. Her hobbies include watercolor painting, and spending time with her two long haired Chihuahuas.

Donny Coombs
Concentration: Work/Organizations
Donny received a B.G.S. from Indiana University. His academic interests include urban sociology, political sociology, sociology of education, and labor history. He has worked with Luther Consulting on The Never in Care Project (2010-present), The Sustainable Support Services Model Evaluation (2010-2011), and The Partners with Industry Evaluation (2009-2011).

Elesha Jackson-Ford
Concentration: General Track/Urban/Education
Elesha has been part of the IUPUI family for six years. She graduated with her BSW in May 2010 and started in the MA Social Work Program immediately afterwards but then switched to Sociology in 2011. She currently works at George Washington Community High School as an After School Site Coordinator and is the Intern Liaison for the Sociology and Social Work Programs at IUPUI where she is responsible for placing interns with the students during and after school for tutoring. When she graduates, she plans to join the IPS Ethics Board for graduating seniors to ensure all guidelines are being followed by staff it ensure higher graduation numbers.

Elizabeth Farrington
Concentration: General Studies/Sexuality Studies
I received my Bachelor's degree from IUPUI in Psychology in August 2014. I would like to someday become a researcher at the Kinsey Institute at IU.

Emily Rechia
Concentration: Gender/Medical
Graduated from Northern Illinois University with a B.S. degree in Sociology and a minor in Psychology. She currently works for Wabash Valley Alliance in Lafayette, IN where she is a job coach for individuals who have mental illnesses.

James Storms
Concentration: Family/Gender
James received his bachelor's degree in Sociology from IUPUI in December of 2012. His academic interests include family, gender, and sexual identity studies. Currently, James is a shipping and distribution lead at FedEx SmartPost. After completing his degree he plans on being a counselor at a high school and eventually a head baseball coach. 

Kara Abresch
Concentration: General
Kara graduated from Indiana University Kokomo in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology, with a concentration in Families and Children and a minor in Psychology.  She was selected as the 2014 Outstanding Student of the Year in Sociology.  Her sociological interests include: class/gender inequalities, social theory, sexuality, and linguistics.  Her hobbies are spending time with family, reading, gardening, and tending my flock of chickens.  

Keondra Brown
Concentration: General Track/Urban/Adolescents
Received her B.S. in Sociology from Florida A&M University with a minor in Psychology. Her academic interest includes social inequality, social stratification, social theory, race, gender and the social politics of beauty.

Lael Hill
Concentration: Work/Organizations
Lael received her Associates degree in Human Services from Ivy Tech Community College followed by a Bachelors degree in Social Work (BSW) from the Indiana University School of Social Work, Indianapolis. Lael has worked in the fields of child welfare, advocacy, and mental health and addiction and victim services. Additionally, Lael serves on the Advisory Board of Directors for the Hendricks Regional Health YMCA in Avon, Indiana and is passionate about raising money for low income families. Lael is currently the Victim Services Specialist and Indiana State representative for Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Lael's work with MADD involves advocacy work for victims of DUI related crimes, assistance with emotional support, case management, Victim Impact Panel facilitation, community outreach, and public speaking around Indiana on the deadly consequences of impaired driving. Academic interests include understanding human behavior in the social environment, research related to recidivism rates among DUI offenders, complex work organizations, and political sociology. Upon completion of Sociological graduate studies, Lael would like to continue her work with Mothers Against Drunk Driving assisting them in research among repeat offenders, lobbying for effective public policy to keep Indiana's roads safe, and assist victims of DUI related crimes. Lael's current hobbies include spending time with her husband and two boys, spinning, cycling, cooking, gardening, writing comedy and performing for friends, and studying Latin American Spanish.  

Ling Tao
Concentration: Work/Organizations                                
Ling received her B.A of Business Administration from China University of Political Science and Law. Her sociology interest is in economic sociology, cultural sociology and labor. She likes jogging, Chinese calligraphy and ping pong.

Lisa Bell
Concentration: Family/Gender
Lisa received a B.A. in Sociology from IUPUI. Her academic interests include gender, race, and inter-racial relations. She enjoys racing, sports, movies, and spending time with friends and family.

Taine Waitkins
Concentration: Undecided
Taine is currently faculty and an advisor in the General Studies program at Ivy Tech. She earned her Master's in Adult Education at IUPUI and has returned for a second Master's in order to teach sociology

Terri L. Siler
Concentration: General Track/Sexuality
Terri received a B.A. in General Studies with a concentration in Psychology and a minor in Sociology and Anthropology from IUPUI-Indianapolis. Her academic interests include adolescent sexuality and how technology is playing a role in changing sexuality and dating habits among all age groups. In her spare time she enjoys spending time and cooking with her 3 adult children. She also enjoys flower, vegetable, and herb gardening. She was in the Interior Design and Construction business for 30 years before embarking on a new career direction.

Last Updated: July 2015.

Welcome to our MA Alumni Webpage! Read below about some of the Department of Sociology's MA graduates and what they have done since completing their MA Degree. Their most current position is listed first. You can also find more details about current positions by clicking on those students whose names are underlined. Please Email updates to:

2017 Graduates

  • Amy Hemphil: Research Associate/NSCEP Project Coordinator, Lake Institute on Faith & Giving at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.
  • Amanda Horn: PhD Student Sociology, Wayne State University.
  • Anna Esqueda:
  • Cameron McAlister: Ph.D. Student at University of Kentucky; Sociology. Thomas P. Miller and Associates. Previous: Project Intern at Thomas P. Miller and Associates.
  • Liz Farrington: Research Associate, Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.
  • Maya Youghbor: Institutional Researcher for Ivy Tech.
  • Kyle Huskins: PhD Student, IU School of Education Urban Studies.
  • Allison Muzzey: PhD Student, Michigan State University – Human Development and Family Studies.
  • Nicole Strange (Garner): Special Education Teacher at Emmerich Manual High School and Professional Transcriptionist.
  • Amanda Wininger:
  • Terri Siler:

2016 Graduates

  • Emily Recchia Coordinator of the Employment Program for Valley Enterprises, Wabash Valley Alliance, Lafayette, IN. Adjunct Faculty at Ivy Tech Community College; dual enrolled high school seniors. New Mother of a baby girl.
  • Ling Tao: PhD student at the School of Industrial and Labor Relation at Cornell University.

2015 Graduates

  • Andrew Drea: PhD Student, Ohio State University.
  • Monica Williams: PhD Student, Sociology, Purdue University.
  • Brian Collins: PhD Student IU School of Education. Previous: Academic Advisor, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Sciences and Exploratory. IU Kokomo.
  • Brianna McCaslin: PhD Student Notre Dame University Sociology.
  • Marissa Huth:  Mixologist at Plat 99, Indianapolis IN.
  • Donald Combs: Research Associate, Luther Consulting, Indianapolis IN. Associate Instructor, IVY Tech and IUPUI.
  • Lisa Bell:
  • Ashley Sherrow: Associate Instructor IUPUI and HIV Screening Coordinator for Eskenazi Health. Previous: HIV Prevention Training and Development Program Manager at the Indiana State Department of Health. 
  • Keondra Brown:

2014 Graduates

  • Jordan Dunn: Members' Services Coordinator. Alpha Gamma Delta Fraternity, Indianapolis IN.
  • Kelly VanBusum: Lecturer in Computer Science at IUPUI, Indianapolis and Mother of two.
  • Robbie Janik: Assistant Director, Survey Research & Evaluation, a Division of Institutional Research and Decision Support at IUPUI.
  • Traci Bridgit: Research Associate, Luther Consulting, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Jeren Miles: Sr. Community Affairs Manager at Lyft.
  • Elizabeth Adams: CHEER Program Coordinator in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences (CHEER stands for Community Health Engagement and Equity Research), IU Fairbanks School of Public Health.

2013 Graduates

  • Ebenezer Akinola: Independent Consultant training medical personnel to use electronic records.
  • Brian Barnes: Associate Instructor, Liberal Arts Department, Quincy College, MA.
  • Jewel Flitcraft: Ph.D. Student at Walden University; Human and Social Services. Adjunct Faculty at Ivy Tech Community College and Marian University’s Adult Program. Previous: Client Service Representative at AIT Laboratories, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Nichol Kirby: Associate Faculty, IUPUC and IUPUI.
  • Zhao Liu: PhD Student, University of Hawaii, Sociology. Switched to U of Illinois-Urbana, Sociology 2015 and then Statistics in 2016.
  • Yunping Xie: PhD Student, Tsinghua University School of Marxism in Beijing, China.
  • Shola Jhanji: Clinical Research Monitor, Indiana CTSI (IU School of Medicine). Evaluation Associate, EMCArts Indianapolis Community Innovation Lab. Previous: IRB Specialist with Neuroscience Clinical Research Services within the Indiana University School of Medicine. Research Compliance Associate, Human Subjects Office, IU Office of Research Compliance. Research Assistant at Regenstrief Institute (IU Center for Aging Research), Indianapolis, IN.

2012 Graduates

  • Matthew Portner: Previous: JD Student, IU School of Law, Indianapolis; Broker, Charles Schwab; Volunteer Police Officer, Germantown, Ohio.
  • Neal Carnes: Received PhD from Georgia State University 2017, Sociology. Behavioral scientist with the CDC. Previous: Research Assistant, Luther Research Consultants-Indianapolis; PhD Student at IU, Indianapolis, Public Health.
  • Anna Muraveva: PhD Student at Ohio State University, Sociology.
  • Kelley Sturgeon:
  • Ashley Botchis: Regulatory Compliance Manager at Harrison College, Indianapolis. Previous: Assistant Director of Career Services and Data Analyst at Harrison College, Indianapolis.
  • Brandon Mouser: Associate Lecturer, Sociology Department, University of Indianapolis. Previous: Associate Faculty, Sociology Department, IU, Indianapolis; Adjunct Lecturer at Butler University, University of Indianapolis, and Ivy Tech. Earned a second MA in Philosophy, IU, Indianapolis.
  • Sara Lynn: Research Analyst for Dr. Bell at IU, Indianapolis, Sociology; Associate Sociology Faculty Butler University, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Janice McCloud: Public Affairs and Government Relations Office at IU, Bloomington, Instructor, Ivy Tech. MA Student, Library Science at IU, Indianapolis.

2011 Graduates

  • Barry Barker: Project Manager, Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Indianapolis. Previous: Research Assistant, Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Indianapolis. Research and Administrative Support Specialist for the Survey Research Center at IU-Indianapolis.
  • Tara Hobson: Director of Graduate Programs and Student Success for the IU School of Medicine. HERS Bryn Mawr Alumna 2017 and doctoral student in higher education leadership and administration at Indiana State University.  Previous: Director Indiana BioMedical Gateway (IBMG) Program for Ph.D. Study, IU School of Medicine, Assistant Director, IUPUI Solution Center.
  • Breinne Compton: School-based Behavioral Consultant and Community-Based Youth and Family Therapist for Connections, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Mary Cox: Grants Coordinator for the IU-Indianapolis, School of Liberal Arts. Previous: Data Manager, NIH R01 HIV Partner Study and Research Coordinator, Institute for Research on Social Issues, IU-Indianapolis.
  • Gara Burnet Krieder: PhD Student at the University of Cincinnati, Sociology. Previous: Program Director 1, HIV Surveillance Division at ISDH; Instructor, IVY Tech.
  • Kyle Henderson: Screening and Surveillance Coordinator, Bell Flower HIV/STD Clinic, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Sam Allen: Student Services Administrator for the Department of Physics at IUB and Adjunct Sociology Instructor at Ivy Tech Bloomington. Previous: Graduate Placement Secretary at IUB in the Sociology Department and as an Adjunct Sociology Instructor at Ivy Tech in Bloomington. Previous: Life Coach and Academic Advisor for Goodwill Education Initiatives, the Excel Center Charter School.

2010 Graduates

  • Christine Torrence-Gerkin:
  • Erica Reichert: Regional Manager, National Youth Advocate Program. Previous: Program Director, Indiana Mentor Children's Services. Therapeutic Foster Care Program Coordinator and Home-Based Therapist, Indiana Mentor Children's Services.
  • Amanda Zimmerman: Information Analyst at Early Learning Indiana. Previous: Research Associate, Girls Inc. National Resource Center, Indianapolis.
  • Gina Romano-Mosier: PhD student at IU-Bloomington in Inquiry Methodology (School of Education); Adjunct Instructor, University of Indianapolis School of Occupational Therapy; Research Coordinator for CELL, the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning at the University of Indianapolis.
  • Somer Case: Clinical Research Coordinator of Oncology clinical, behavioral, and survivorship trials, IU Simon and Bren Cancer Center. Previous: Clinical Research Specialist, IU Psychotic Disorders Program.
  • Regina Pessagno: PhD Student at the University of Illinois, Sociology. Previous: Associate Faculty, IU, Indianapolis Sociology; Research Assistant, Prof. Foote, IU, Indianapolis, Sociology.
  • Chris Conner: PhD Student and Graduate Part-time Instructor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Sociology.
  • Cynthia Solinsky: Associate Faculty, IU, Indianapolis Sociology (~ 1 year); Continued for a second MA in Special Education, IU, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Sarah Aktepy: PhD Student, Portland State University, Sociology; Qualitative Analyst, Behavioral and Social Health Outcomes Program Army Institute of Public Health, US Army Public Health Command; Senior Program Advisor, Soldiers to Summits. Previous: Adjunct Professor/Project Manager - Military Academic Programs Center for Military/Veterans Education Tidewater Community College, Virginia.
  • Jularut (Dew) Padunchewit: Sociology Instructor for Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand.

2008-2009 Graduates

  • Ben Drury: Sociology Instructor, Morton College, Cicero, Illinois. Previous: Associate Faculty for IUPUC, IVY Tech, and Butler University. HIV Prevention/Testing Counselor, Wishard Hospital ER (~2 years).
  • Sarah Patterson: 2017 PhD Graduate at Penn State University, Sociology. 2017-2019 Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Western Ontario; Previous: Project-Data Manager, Indiana Youth Institute; Associate Faculty IU, Indianapolis, Sociology.
  • Sam Jones-Ellard: Assistant Director, USDA Livestock, Poultry, and Grain Market News.  Owner, Patty’s Reach Catering.  Previous:  Public Affairs Specialist and Speechwriter, USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service.
  • Lisa Lloyd: Senior Learning Manager, Girls Inc. Previous: CEO and owner of GOLD: Community and Workforce Education Developer at IUPUI Division of Continuing Studies. Previous: HIV Service Advisory Board Liaison, ISDH, HIV/STD division; Community Outreach Program Coordinator, Washington, DC based Family and HIV/AIDS Alliance.
  • Sarah Hampton:
  • Tiffany Stergar (Smith): Instructional Coach for Harrison College Online Division (Supervising online instructors and teaching online); Previous: General Education Faculty for Harrison College (teaching sociology, psychology, Strategies for Success, and Information Literacy); Adjunct Sociology Faculty for IUPUC and IUPUI.
  • Rachel Katterjohn: Yoga Instructor and Merchandise Coordinator (self-employed), Devotion Yoga, Hoboken New Jersey.
  • Jeremy Roseberry: HIV/STD Project Manager at Health Care Education and Training, Inc. (HCET). Previous: Interim STD prevention program manager, ISDH; STD Prevention Program Specialist at the Indiana State Department of Health's Division of HIV/STD/Viral Hepatitis. Previous: Interviewer/Data Analyst, Indiana State Department of Health, HIV/STD Division (CDC Monitoring Project).
  • Sarah (Hossler) Melchi: Qualitative Research Analyst, G&S Research, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Andrea Freund: Grants and Communications Manager for AYS, Inc (Formerly at Your School Child Services), Indianapolis, IN. Previous: Training and Resource Development Coordinator for AYS, Inc (Formerly at Your School Child Services), Indianapolis, IN.
  • Elizabeth Henderson:
  • Amanda (Richey) Wolfe: Grants Manager for the Indiana State Department of Health. Previous: Disaster Management Planner, Indiana State Department of Health.

2006-2007 Graduates

  • Stacia Murphy: PhD Student American Studies IUPUI. Previous: Communications Director for City Mosaic - Partnership of Churches - a nonprofit working to empower those in poverty through mutually transforming collaborations. Also part-time Therapeutic Mentor & Visitation Supervisor for Modern Day Therapy - counseling agency. Previous: Youth and Family Programs Manager at Indiana Black Expo, Inc. and the Cultural Arts Pavilion Coordinator at Indiana Black Expo, Inc.; Previous: Qualitative Research Analyst, G&S Research, Indianapolis.
  • Wyndy Smelser: WGS Research Consulting; Previous: Senior Moderator/Analyst for G&S Research, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Deanna McQuillan: PhD Student at University of Colorado, Denver, Health & Behavioral Sciences; Previous: Behavioral Researcher Level II with the National Jewish Medical and Research Center, Denver, CO.
  • Sarah Vincent: MA Student in Divinity and Marriage/Family Therapy at the Theology Seminary, Indianapolis. Previous: Academic Advisor for IUPUI; Sociology Faculty, Indiana Art Institute.
  • Tanya Gilbert: Client Account Executive for American Health Network. Previous: Health Promotion Coordinator for Humana; Health Specialist for Concentra onsite at Allison Transmission; Previous: Health Coach/Health Educatorfor StayWell Health Management (formally LifeMaster's Supported Self Care Inc.): Associate Sociology Faculty, Marian College, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Heather Kaufman:
  • Gisella Decca:
  • Anthony H. Lawson: Outcomes Research Consultant, Eli Lilly, Indianapolis. Previous: Health Policy Research Analyst, IU Center for Urban Policy.
  • Tysha Hardy Sellers: Associate Sociology Faculty at Franklin College and IVY Tech; Executive Director, the Edna Martin Christian Center, a multi-service center in the Martindale-Brightwood area of Indianapolis, IN.
  • Merih Tzeggai Bennett: inVentiv Health Clinical as a Site Activation Management Associate. Previous: inVentiv Health as a Grant Administrator; Clinical Research Specialist at the IU Simon Cancer Center; Research Analyst, Regenstrief Institute, IU Center for Aging Research. Previous: Entry Level Analyst, G&S Marketing Research, Indianapolis; Case Manager, Marion County Community Corrections.
  • Charles Hulen: ABD Student, University of Cincinnati, Sociology; Junior Research Associate, UC Institute of Policy Research.

2003-2005 Graduates

  • Aimee Zoeller: Director (Director of Sociology, Coordinator of Women's Studies) and Sociology Dept. Coordinator at IUPUC. Previous: Program Coordinator, Women Taking Charge Program at STEP-Up (HIV prevention organization).
  • Sharon Sidenbender: IU-VA - Research Project Manager. Previous: Assistant Administration Director, IUPUI Survey Research Center.
  • Tiffany Martin Brown: Executive Director and Founder, Own Your Own Health; Adjunct instructor at UC Denver - Health Policy Faculty. Previous: University of Colorado Denver, Department of Family Medicine; Completed her PhD, Sociology, University of California, San Francisco in 2007.
  • Mathew Gayman: Assistant Professor, Sociology at Georgia State University; Previous: Completed his Ph.D, Sociology, Florida State University in 2008; Post-Doc at UNC.